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Volunteers mark 180 drains in Tahoe Keys with ‘No Dumping’ signs

Griffin Rogers
griffin@tahoedailytribune.com

From left: Pat Disney, Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association board member, Gianna Aveni, City of South Lake Tahoe intern, and Russ Dahler, a Tahoe Keys resident, place the last markers on a storm drain in the Tahoe Keys neighborhood Friday.

Volunteers marked the last two storm drains in the Tahoe Keys community and marina with metal "No Dumping" signs Friday, making it the first neighborhood at the lake to do so.

More than 40 League to Save Lake Tahoe "Stewards of Stormwater" volunteers marked 180 drains over three days in August and September. Many of the volunteers were Tahoe Keys residents.

The next step is continuing to mark drains around the basin to help decrease lake pollution while increasing public awareness about where the drains flow, which is Lake Tahoe.

"I have someone who lives on my block who had no idea these (drains) go into the lake," said Russ Dahler, a Tahoe Keys resident who helped mark the final drain in the neighborhood.

The League partnered with the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association and the City of South Lake Tahoe to get the job done in the Keys.

Jason Burke, a stormwater program coordinator for the city, was also in the neighborhood for the final drain marking.

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"It's a great partnership to get people out here and learn about the importance of where the water goes," Burke said.